St. Nicholas Boat Line
Let St. Nicholas Boat Line take you on a fun 40-minute cruise on the Anclote River. As you travel, your Captain relates the history of the area sponge diving industry, providing a hands-on display of the various types of sponges and their uses.
The highlight of the tour is watching a sponge diver in a traditional inflated sponge diving suit descend from the boat into the river. You can watch as he moves quickly across the river floor. He harvests a live sponge and returns with it to the boat. It's a fun time and a great educational experience for children from pre-school and up.
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We were on the cruise and had a very pleasant experience. The best is that it is pet friendly...Read Full Review
Lorirey, Trip Advisor, 5 out of 5
May 30, 2013
Informative and Fun
If you have an hour to kill you really need to take this tour. It involves a short boat ride down river...Read Full Review
Jack S., Trip Advisor, 5 out of 5
June 14, 2013
Affordable & Fun,
my two favorite things
This was a great little trip down the river! The diver, Frank, was great with my children...Read Full Review
Kristi V., Trip Advisor, 5 out of 5
April 15, 2013
Just the right amount of time. About 40 mins. Captain told us history of sponge divingRead Full Review
Carol B., Trip Advisor, 5 out of 5
January 21, 2013
Come experience a little bit of the Old World in the New World.
In 1905, Greek spongers came to Tarpon Springs, Florida, to develop the world's largest sponge industry. By the mid-1930s, there were 200 boats working the Gulf of Mexico from as far north as the Appalachicola and as far south as Key West. They were harvesting $3 million worth of sponges.
Beginning in the late 1930s and lasting through the mid-1940s, a bacterial blight killed the sponges and the industry was destroyed. Today, Tarpon Springs enjoys a rebirth of the sponge beds, making it the world's largest sponge producing industry.
The St. Nicholas Boat Line was established in 1924 by Captain Michael J. Billiris and continues to be operated by the Billiris family. It is the second oldest attraction in the State of Florida. The St.Nicholas VII is a US Coast Guard Certified Vessel.photo courtesy Jeff Miller
Inflating the diving suit
The St. Nicholas Boat Line is a Sponge Diving Exhibition tour. The St. Nicholas VII departs about every 40 minutes for a round-trip cruise through the Historic Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs on the Anclote River.
getting ready to enter the water
The tour includes a narrative of the history of sponge diving in Tarpon Springs. You will be treated to a demonstration of sponge harvesting with a live diver in traditional diving equipment.
in the water
You'll also have an opportunity to meet the diver and your captain and ask questions
Tickets may be purchased at our convenient ticket booth located on the dock near our vessel, just across from the Sponge Exchange.
a great day on the Anclote River
Adults - $10.00
Seniors (65 and over) - $9.00
Students (Ages 6-12) - $5.00
Children under 6 - Free
Tour Rates are Available. For additional information, call (727) 942-6425.
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Location693 Dodecanese Blvd
P.O. Box 382
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
Hours10:00 am to 4:30 pm Daily
ContactTelephone: (727) 942-6425